Wednesday 13 January 2021
The newspaper “The Independent” discussed today, Wednesday, the reasons for the exit of Liverpool from the race to sign David Alaba of Bayern Munich during the winter transfer period, despite the need for the English team to strengthen the back line.
Since the start of the season, Liverpool has suffered from a defensive crisis, after the first back streak star Virgil Van Dyck severed the cruciate ligament of the knee, which necessitated an operation that removed him from the team since last October.
Van Dyck had repeated injuries to both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, until Juergen Klopp (the team coach) had in some matches to use Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in the center of defense to compensate for the absences.
The “Independent” said that Liverpool, like other clubs, seeks to support the team’s back line during the current Mercato winter period, and the English club entered a race with Real Madrid to sign Bayern Munich defender Alaba, who refused to renew his contract with the Bavarian and is looking to exit outside the walls of Allianz Arena.
The famous newspaper added that Alaba was part of Liverpool’s plans last summer alongside his colleague Thiago Alcantara, but the specifications of Alaba did not match the requirements of Liverpool, so the contract was concluded with the Spanish player only.
“The Independent” indicated that Liverpool appreciates Alabas capabilities and skills, but his physical composition and height (1.80 cm) compared to Van Dyck (1.93 cm), Matip (1.95) and Gomez (1.88) do not match the requirements of the Reds.
And according to what was mentioned by the famous newspaper, according to sources inside the Liverpool club, the Reds have no plans to join Alaba during the current Mercato, pointing out that it seems “difficult”.
It is worth noting that Alaba moved to Bayern Munich at the beginning of the 11/10 season from Hoffenheim, Germany, and the 28-year-old participated in his Bavarian team in winning many tournaments, the most important of which are the European Champions League (twice), the Club World Cup (once), the German League (9 times) and the European Super (twice).